"Hey Amanda! Any advice for someone who wants to live a healthier lifestyle?" I get messages like this all the time. Honestly, it's hard to know how to respond. 😮 Every body is different, so what works for one person, may not work well for someone else (i.e., intermittent fasting, keto, macro counting, running, etc.). … Continue reading Living a Healthy Lifestyle: Where Do I Begin?
One of my most popular blog posts is my morning routine. That said, a productive morning typically begins with an intentionally spent evening! Having an evening routine helps me relax, make time for what's important, and fall asleep with a clear, peace-filled mind. My evenings vary depending on if Dan and I have somewhere to be, but … Continue reading Amanda’s Evening Routine
I grew up attending a Lutheran church with my family. We believed in God, but the concept of a “relational, personal God” was foreign. Upon entering junior high, my sense of worth began to revolve around what I looked like. My self-esteem plummeted. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder, anorexia, at the age of … Continue reading My Testimony
It's important to remember that Jesus didn’t necessarily say, “Pick up your cross and follow the dream,” but he said, “Pick up your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24).” I think sometimes when God gives us a dream, we get so fixated upon it that we begin to tie our sense of worth into fulfilling … Continue reading “Before God builds the dream, He builds the dreamer.”
In the past (and let's be honest, I'm still working on this), I've been notorious for taking on too much, and because of that, frequently experience stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. That said, challenges are a part of life. No matter how much margin for rest or balance you create, some stress-inducing situations are unavoidable. … Continue reading Tips to Manage Stress Naturally
The number one question I receive is for advice for those who have struggled with an eating disorder, and are now working to develop a healthy mindset towards exercise (or food, but that will be another blog post). Most would agree exercise is a healthy, necessary habit. But for those who've struggled with an eating … Continue reading A Strong Body With a Sick Mindset Still Isn’t Healthy: Exercise
be·lov·ed: dearly loved Have you ever felt God speak to you? What a concept, right? I was 17, at my first youth retreat. At the end of his message, the speaker asked everyone to spread out around the room. While the band played, we were to pray and ask God to speak to us. As … Continue reading Why “Beloved?”